The Audio Mixer: Key Features & Functions

At the most basic level, an audio mixer combines multiple signals and routes them to a common output for recording or amplification through a sound reinforcement system. “Signals” are those sounds captured by microphones or received from electric instruments. Also…

Song Transitions, High Passing & Drum Samples | FAQ Friday

Could you explain how to do a song transition, like how one track might go to the next track on an album? – Frequently Asked Question.  That is a great question. I’ve done albums where we use interstitials. This is…

Scheps Omni Channel Review with Cameron Webb
I'm excited because this is still relatively new plugin. It's the Waves Andrew Scheps Omni Channel- there's been loads of videos over the last two or three weeks of initial reactions, but we have someone who has actually used this…
McDSP EC-300 Review & Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway We’re trying out this new-ish (new to me) McDSP EC-300 delay plugin. I haven’t used it yet, I’ve just heard lots of good things, and as you know, I like to showcase things that are really good!…

Mix and Master for the listener – Loudness Normalization with Carlo Libertini

a Rafflecopter giveaway By: Carlo Libertini Thanks to digital technology in audio production today, the “volume” of something became more of a choice over the years, and that choice was always more. More low end, more high end, more tracks,…

5 Essential Mixing Tips
1. Enhance Your Low End by using High Pass Filters There’s a lot of misinformation out there about High Passing, some people even go so far as to say not to high pass at all! This kind of misguided information…
The Song, the song and the song! | FAQ Friday

What an awesome question! Let me tell you why it’s an awesome question… I get all of the potential answers from this question. I’ve worked with bands that don’t want to do overdubs or many overdubs, because they’re like “We’ll…

Lewitt DTP Beat Kit Pro 7 Demo & Giveaway
Today we have the Lewitt DTP Beat Kit Pro 7! It’s very heavy, which is always a good sign, and it’s got 7 microphones in it! Included in the kit are: • 2x Lewitt LCT 340 - (Acoustic Guitar and…
Brendon Small Interview (Dethklok / Metalocalypse, Galaktikon)

Brendon Small is a musician and the co-creator of two popular animated series, Home Movies and Metalocalypse. As a guitarist/musician, Brendon melded his comedic and voiceover talent with his musical ability in Metalocalypse, creating the virtual death metal band Dethklok, for which he has…

5 Quick Panning Mixing Tricks
1. Pan Affected Source Opposite Of The Dry Source For More Stereo Width These are tricks I use all the time. Even with only one guitar part you can create a lot of width with a simple combination of panning…
Should you use stock plugins as much as possible? | FAQ Friday

Many stock plugins, at least the ones I use, which are the delays, the compressor, the EQ the DeEsser, the reverb, are fantastic! Avid’s reverb, the plate setting is a fantastic sounding plate. It’s kind of a secret weapon! Do…

Mike Piersante Interview (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Gregg Allman, Willie Nelson)

Mike Piersante is a talented “top-to-bottom” recording and mixing engineer, perhaps most widely recognized for his work on the Grammy Award-winning Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Mike and I caught up for a few moments at NAMM this past…

Recreating The Beatles Tones with Clay Blair at Boulevard Recording
Clay Blair is the head engineer and owner of Boulevard Recording in Hollywood--and a huge Beatles fan, which we'll discuss shortly! Clay chatted with Produce Like a Pro a short while back and gave us a tour of his wonderful…
Mixing on headphones (FAQ Friday)
I know a handful of people that mix on headphones. I have varying degrees of thoughts on that. I get it, some of us are in bedrooms, our parents house, married with kids (not wanting to wake them up at…
LIVE Q&A With Jerry Hammack of The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals
Musician, recording engineer and producer, and author of The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals, Jerry Hammack,  joins us for a live Q&A today at 11AM PST. His Beatles Recording Reference Manuals reveal the secrets behind the recording of the band's entire…
Glyn Johns Method: Recording Drums with 4 microphones

For anyone who’s endeavored the mighty task of recording a full band on a shoestring budget, you know one of the hardest set-ups to mic up is a drum set. If you’re new or just starting out, there’s a pretty…

Inside The Produce Like A Pro Academy and Lifetime Membership Giveaway
If you’re reading this, you definitely know about ProduceLikeAPro.com. You might even know about all the great stuff on the site like free drum samples, multitracks, giveaways, podcasts and more! We also have an Academy where we post EVEN MORE…
Norman’s Rare Guitars & Jamming with Tim Pierce

Norman’s Rare Guitars, as its name might suggest, is an absolute paradise. A longtime authority on vintage guitars and a household name in the music industry, the shop is like a theme park for guitar geeks! We had the pleasure…

5 Quick Automation Mixing Tricks
Automation is the secret to a truly great mix! Simple volume automation of instruments can save the heartache of trying to replicate dynamics with complex compression techniques. Automating plug ins can give them multiple purposes adding both subtle ear candy…
A day in the life of a producer

When Warren Huart asked me to write about “a day in the life of a producer”, my first thought was to finish that sentence with “…is never the same.” It’s true, and to be perfectly honest, it’s one of the…

How to avoid creative burnout & managing time in the studio (FAQ FRIDAY)
There’s a lot this week about the business side of the music business. Not numbers, accounting and contracts- We talk about how to prevent from burning out creatively and physically and how to manage time when in the studio. If…
LIVE Q&A with Matt McGlynn of Recording Hacks
Frankly put, Matt McGlynn is a professional audio equipment genius. His meticulously curated online publication and database, Recording Hacks, is an all-inclusive resource for recording techniques and the gear that makes it possible. Of particular note is Recording Hacks's extensive…